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Major climate protest planned for Brussels in October

Illustration picture shows a joint demonstration for the climate called 'Global Climate Strike' in Brussels to demand political action concerning climate change, Friday 25 September 2020. The action was organised by Youth for Climate, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Extinction Rebellion and others. (BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)
05:27 02/08/2021

Activists from Youth for Climate and the Climate Coalition, a collective of 80 organisations, will organise a new major protest in Brussels on the afternoon of Sunday 10 October. Entitled "Back to The Climate," the event is being organised to remind politicians that urgent progress is needed in the fight against climate change.

"And you, what were you doing on 10 October, 2021?" ask the organisers on the Facebook page dedicated to the proposed protest. "On that day, citizens revived a movement that was not going to stop," they announce, while imagining the year 2071 where fewer greenhouse gas emissions are recorded, global temperatures are stabilising, and the planet’s biodiversity is flourishing.

In the run-up to a scheduled EU summit in the Belgian capital and the Glasgow climate conference which will both take place around the same time in late October, protesters want to "send a strong signal" and put political leaders on the spot with questions about their role in the climate battle.

"This is the tipping point: do we remain entangled in this current world, or do we opt for a world of just and lasting solidarity?" they ask. "The mobilisations of recent years have put the climate crisis at the top of the political agenda. But now is the time for politicians to turn their promises into ambitious actions.”

The form of this protest is not yet known and will depend on the sanitary measures in force at the time.